Norway to stop discharge of sewage from ships

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Norway on Friday said that it would put an end to the discharge of sewage from ships within 12 nautical miles along the Norwegian coast and around the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

The Nordic country has agreed to follow the international regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships that are contained in the Annex IV of the marine pollution convention MARPOL, the Ministry of Climate and Environment said in a statement.

Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen has requested the Norwegian Maritime Directorate to draw out an amendment to prevent sewage discharges.

“The increased marine traffic, especially cruise ships, has a negative impact on the environment along the coast and the vulnerable areas around Svalbard.

“Therefore, I want a regulation that prohibits sewage discharge within 12 nautical miles,’’ Helgesen was quoted as…

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